September 6th, 2013

LOT Announcements / events
Deadline travel reimbursements LOT Summerschool 2013 Groningen: September 15 2013
For all LOT-students who participated in the past LOT Summerschool 2013 at CLCG in Groningen. The deadline for sending in your travel reimbursement form (including original tickets) is set on September the 15-th. You can find the form at:
(go to the FC3 form). Return address: LOT Secretary Office, Trans 10, 3512 JK Utrecht. No reimbursement claims will be dealt with after this deadline.

The next LOT School will be the LOT Winterschool 2014 at VU University in Amsterdam, January 13-24 2014. The schedule will be online soon on the lotschool website. Hope to see you all there!
Kennislink Vakgebied Taalwetenschappen
Kennislink is dé populair-wetenschappelijke website voor het Nederlandse taalgebied:


Over doekoe en roti: het Nederlands in Suriname
Tot nu toe was er nauwelijks iets bekend over de ontwikkeling die het Nederlands in Suriname doormaakte vanaf de zeventiende eeuw. Het pas verschenen ‘Woordenboek van het Nederlands in Suriname van 1667 tot 1876’ brengt daar verandering in. De woorden werden verzameld door de overleden bioloog Jan van Donselaar. Nicoline van der Sijs legde de laatste hand aan deze uitgave.
Lectures / Talks / Seminars /Colloquia
Discourse op Dinsdag meeting with Lawrence Barsalou (Emory University), Utrecht University, September 17 2013
On September 17th to be precise, we will start up the monthly Discourse op Dinsdag meetings again. Our first speaker of 2013-2014 will be:

Lawrence Barsalou (Emory University)

Date & time: September 17; 15:30-17:00
Location: Utrecht University, Sweelinck zaal, Drift 21
Title: ‘Situating emotion’ (see below for an abstract)

For the rest of 2013, we have the following meetings planned:

Date: 29 October (15:30-17:00, Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21)
Speaker: Aylin Küntay (Koē University/ Utrecht University)
Title: t.b.a.

Date: 19 November (15:30-17:00, Ravesteijnzaal (1.06), Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80)
Speaker: Frank Hakemulder, Utrecht University
Title: t.b.a.

Date 17 December (15:30-17:00, Ravesteijnzaal, (1.06) Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80)
Speaker: Joost Zwarts, Utrecht University
Title: t.b.a.
We hope to see you all there!

Kind regards,
Ted Sanders
Gerdineke van Silfhout
Hannah De Mulder

Situating Emotion
Lawrence W. Barsalou
Department of Psychology, Emory University

Discrete theories of emotion typically assume that dedicated neural circuits/modules originated in evolution to produce basic emotions in a relatively ballistic and rigid manner (e.g., fear, anger, disgust, sadness, happiness). Three neuroimaging experiments challenge this view. In Experiment 1, different neural circuits represented the same emotion in different situations (e.g., fear under threat of physical harm vs. social evaluation). In Experiment 2, different groups of participants learned to experience fear and anger either in physical harm or social evaluation situations, and later, when asked to anticipate these emotions, activated situated neural circuits. In Experiment 3, different populations (cancer survivors, experienced meditators, controls) activated different neural circuits in response to the same emotional situations. Consistent with constructivist theories of emotion, these results suggest that experiencing an emotion “soft assembles” relevant neural systems throughout the brain to produce emotion in the current situation. To the extent that the same areas are utilized across multiple instances of a common emotional situation, an entrenched pattern develops that functions as an emotion attractor on future occasions. These patterns can be viewed as situated conceptualizations that control emotion via their grounding in the brain’s systems for perception, action, and internal states.
CLS colloquium, Radboud University Nijmegen, September 25 2013
The CLS organising committee is happy to announce the new CLS colloquium series for the year 2013-2014. The first CLS colloquium is scheduled for 25 September 2013.

"Implementing speech and language technology for neurological patients with communicative constraints" by Dr. L. J. Beijer (Sint Maartenskliniek Research, Nijmegen)

Date: 25.09.2013
Time: 16:00
Place: Thomas van Acquinostraat 3.0.07 (Radboud University, Nijmegen)


The Expertise Centre of Speech and Language Technology ( aims at implementing speech and language technology for (chronic) neurological patients. That is, these patients experience communicative constraints resulting from speech-, language-, motor, cognitive or sensory distortions. To tune available technologies and users’ needs, consortia of health care, academic and educational institutes tend to collaborate intensively. A number of research projects will be discussed.
Unfortunately, despite the potentials of speech and language technology for optimizing these patients’ interaction with their environment, relatively few applications of speech and language technology have a follow-up after the financially supported project phase. In a time that calls for innovation in health care en education, it is vital to find ways for true valorisation. It seems worthwile to consider academic partners’ potential role in facilitating valorisation of speech and language technologies. In this colloquium, an open minded discussion is encouraged.

For more information, please visit:
LUCL Colloquium: Sarah G. Thomason (University of Michigan), Leiden University (LUCL), September 26 2013
On Thursday 26 September Sarah G. Thomason (University of Michigan) will give a talk entitled ‘When languages, or rather speakers, like to borrow morphology’.

Date, time and venue
Date Thursday 26 September 2013
Time 15.30-17.00
Venue Leiden University, Lipsius building, room 227

This paper argues that there is no global dispreference for transferring morphology from one language to another. Several distinctions must be made in order to address this issue, most importantly the distinction between morphological borrowing in a narrow sense of `borrowing', where bilingual speakers transfer morphemes and/or morphological patterns from one of their languages into the other, and shift-induced interference, where shifting speakers introduce morphological features from their original L1 into the target language. All other things being equal, contact-induced inflectional changes are more likely to happen in cases of imperfect learning during a process of language shift than in borrowing situations. Second, we must distinguish between pairs of languages in contact according to typological congruence in their morphological systems: contact-induced morphological changes, especially in the inflectional morphology, occur much more frequently at typologically congruent structure points than at typologically disparate structure points. Third, an important distinction separates derivational morphology, which is more frequently transferred from one language to another, and inflectional morphology, which is less often transferred in contact situations. In all analyses of contact effects we must consider social factors, which provide both motivation and opportunity for contact-induced changes of all kinds, including morphological transfer. The influence of social factors is seen most strikingly in instances of deliberate language change, where linguistic factors such as typological congruence between source language and receiving language appear to play little role in determining the linguistic results of contact. All these statements will be supported by examples of morphological transfer from a wide variety of contact situations around the world.
Workshops / Conferences / Symposia
TiCC Symposium on "The Pragmatics of Reference", Tilburg University (WZ 203), September 20, 2013
Referring expressions play a central role in communication, and have been studied from various angles. During this workshop computational, experimental and theoretical linguists will address different topics broadly related to the pragmatics of reference.

The symposium is followed by the public defense of Ruud Koolen's PhD thesis, entitled ""Need I say more? On overspecification in definite reference".

Attendance is free, and lunch will be provided. Please send an email to Lauraine.deLima(removeme) if you plan to attend, so we know how many sandwiches to order.

10.00 - 10.15 Welcome and coffee

10.15 - 10.45 Reference is interactive - Alexander Koller (University of Potsdam)

10.45 - 11.15 Multimodal reference: the case of pointing - Paul Piwek (The Open University)

11.15 - 11.45 Whence redundancy? - Bart Geurts (Radboud University Nijmegen)

11.45 - 12.00 Short break (with sandwiches)

12.00 - 12.30 Who is that? - Kees van Deemter (University of Aberdeen)

12.30 - 13.00 The choice of quantifying expressions - Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge)

14.00 Public defense by Ruud Koolen in the auditorium of Tilburg University.
Update: Conference 'Identity in Ellipsis', LUCL Leiden, September 20-21 2013
On 20 and 21 September 2013, LUCL is hosting the conference 'Identity in Ellipsis'.

Identity in Ellipsis
Identity in ellipsis is a long-standing issue in linguistics. Virtually all accounts of ellipsis phenomena assume that the elided material must be identical in some way or other to material in a suitable antecedent available in the discourse. The nature of the identity condition and its precise formulation is under heated debate in current research. The conference seeks to address the following issues:

•Does ellipsis need syntactic or semantic identity, or both?
•What is the role of discourse in determining which kind of identity is required?
•Are there differences in identity across small and large ellipses (clausal vs. predicate ellipsis)?
•Are there cross-linguistic differences in the kind of identity ellipsis requires?
•Under which conditions can ellipsis sites be non-isomorphic to their antecedent?
•What is the role of extra linguistic material in the recoverability condition in ellipsis?
•Which psycholinguistic methodology can be used to address the identity issue?
•How can we integrate experimental and theoretical approaches into one coherent model?

Friday, 20 September
location: room 0.04 / Matthias de Vrieshof 2 [WSD-complex]

9.30 - 10.30 Jeroen van Craenenbroeck (invited speaker): Ellipsis, identity and accommodation
10.30 - 11.10 Ming Xiang & Genna Vegh: Number mismatch and syntactic identity

coffee break

11.30 - 12.10 Phillip Miller: Verb phrase ellipsis with nominal antecedents
12.10 - 12.50 Sophie Repp: Repairing identity mismatches in ellipsis: the case of question word coordinations

lunch break

14.00-14.40 Jślia Bįcskai-Atkįri: Identity and comparative deletion
14.40-15.20 Carlo Cecchetto: Identity conditions on ellipsis in Italian Sign Language (LIS)

coffee break

15.40 - 16.20 Maia Duguine: The identity condition on null arguments
16.20 - 17.20 Gary Thoms (invited speaker): What kind of syntactic identity requirement?


Saturday, 21 September
location: room 0.04 / van Vrieshof 2 [WSD-complex]

9.30 - 10.30 Jason Merchant (invited speaker): Some remarks on identity and priming in ellipsis
10.30 - 11.10 Emilio Servidio: Contrastive topics accommodate antecedents for ellipsis

coffee break

11.30 - 12.10 Andrew Weir: Fragment answers and congruence with the Question under Discussion
12.10 - 12.50 Jongbok Kim: Syntactic and semantic identity in Korean Sluicing

lunch break

14.00-14.40 Javier Martķn-Gonzįlez: Case in sluicing
14.40-15.20 Kensuke Takita: Strengthening the role of case in ellipsis

coffee break

15.40 - 16.20 Gregory M. Kobele: Parsing ellipsis
16.20 - 17.20 Crit Cremers: Ellipsis ain't easy to parse: but parsing ellipsis pays off

Johan Rooryck and Erik Schoorlemmer: False identity: ellipsis, mismatches, and underspecification

This event is sponsored by NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research).

The abstracts of the speakers at the conference can be found here. Please note that this list is not yet complete. We will be uploading more abstracts in July and August.

Bacskai-Atkari, Julia (University of Potsdam)
Identity and Comparative Deletion

Cecchetto, Carlo (University of Milan-Bicocca); Geraci, Carlo (CNRS, Institut Jean-Nicod); Santoro, Mirko (Institut Jean-Nicod)
Identity conditions on allipsis in Italian Sign Language (LIS)

Cremers, Crit (Leiden University Centre for Linguistics)
Ellipsis ain't easy to parse, but parsins ellipsis pays off

Duguine, Maia (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU)
The identity condition on null arguments

Gonzįlez, Javier Martķn (University of Seville)
Case in Sluicing

Kobele, Gregory M. (University of Chicago)
Parsing ellipsis

Miller, Philip (Université Paris Diderot)
Verb phrase ellipsis with nominal antecedents

Repp, Sophie (Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin)
Repairing identity mismatched in ellipsis: The case of question word coordinations

Rooryck, Johan and Schoorlemmer, Erik
False identity: ellipsis, mismatches, and underspecification

Servidio, Emilio (University of Siena)
Contrastive topics accommodate antecedents for ellipsis

Takita, Kensuke (Mie University)
Strengthening the Role of Case in Ellipsis

Weir, Andrew (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Fragment answers and congruence with the Question under Discussion

Xiang, Genna Vegh Ming (University of Chicago)
Number mismatch and syntactic identity

The conference is free of charge, but people planning to attend should sent an email to: A.Liptak(removeme)

Travelling to Leiden
Leiden is a relatively small city in the west of The Netherlands, between the capital Amsterdam and The Hague, the Dutch seat of Government. For international visitors, it is easily reached by air, railway and road.

Arrival by plane
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the main international airport of the Netherlands, and a major air hub in Europe. To and from Leiden, the train is the easiest way of travelling to the airport, which takes approximately 15 minutes. Trains leave in both directions every fifteen minutes between 6 am and midnight, and about every hour at night. You can easily plan your train journey by checking the schedule online.

Arrival by train
Leiden can be reached on international trains via major cities in its proximity such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. These cities are services by two high speed train connections: to the south to Brussels and Paris (also connecting to London) and to the East to Koln and Frankfurt, as well as regular speed international train connections to most other major cities in Europe. You can find train schedules online.

Arrival by car
Leiden is located between the A4 and A44 motorways. Although the small city centre is a pedestrian-only area, visitors will find parking facilities just outside this are, and all venues will be within walking distance.

More information
For more information, see the website of Leiden's Tourist Information.

All conference participants are kindly advised to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

You may find the following website useful for booking hotels in and around Leiden:

Please try to book your hotel room well in advance. Leiden receives many international visitors throughout the year, and many hotels may be fully booked.

Some hotels convenient to the conference venue are listed below. Other options for accommodation can be found on this list.

Hotel Nieuw Minerva
Boommarkt 23
2311 EA Leiden
phone: +31-(0)71-5126358
fax: +31-(0)71-5142674
e-mail: hotel(removeme)

Hotel de Doelen
Rapenburg 2
2311 EV Leiden
phone: +31-(0)71-5120527
email: hotel(removeme)

IBIS Leiden Centre
Stationsplein 240-242
2312 AR Leiden
phone: +31 71 5160000
fax : +31 715120990
Workshop: Intentional Language Change, Masterclass: Sarah G. Thomason, University of Leiden (LUCL), September 27-28 2013

Leiden University Center for Linguistics is pleased to announce a two-day workshop on Intentional Language Change. The workshop explores intentional language change, that is all language change (or non-change) which is triggered or carried out deliberately and with clearly identifiable social motivations. Some would claim that all language change is to some extent intentional. Yet, there are many different degrees and types of intentional change. For instance, some speech communities consciously decide to change an entire lexicon, with the purpose of setting themselves apart from neighbouring communities. In other cases, linguistic taboo (the prohibition to utter certain words) can cause extreme changes in the lexicon. Combining theory and case studies, we hope to provide a coherent overview of, and shed light on, intentional change.

Confirmed Speakers:

Sarah Thomason
Malcolm Ross
Victor Friedman
Mikael Parkvall
Robert Nicolaļ
Maarten Mous
Peter Bakker
Carmel O’Shannessy
Pieter Muysken
Jacomine Nortier
Margreet Dorleijn

The workshop kicks off on Friday the 27th of September (from 9:30 to 11:15) with a masterclass taught by none other than one of the world's most distinguished contact linguists: Sarah Thomason. The aim of the masterclass is to provide a general introduction into the topic as well as an overview of the state of the art. We very much encourage students from all masters and research masters in linguistics in The Netherlands to participate. There is no registration fee, but if you plan to participate, please write a short email to b.jacobs(removeme) After the masterclass, the program will continue with regular plenary papers in which fascinating case studies will be presented.
DRONGO festival over meertaligheid, OBA Amsterdam, 28 september 2013
Zaterdag 28 september 2013 zal in de Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA) het tweede DRONGO festival over meertaligheid plaatsvinden! Van 10 tot 22 uur zijn er door het hele gebouw van de OBA optredens, interviews, LABS, lezingen en een informatiemarkt. Bij DRONGO vind je het laatste nieuws en de recente ontwikkelingen omtrent onderzoek over meertaligheid. Het festival is voor iedereen die in aanraking komt met en interesse heeft in de moderne meertalige wereld. De toegang van het festival is grotendeels gratis. Bekijk het blog- en fotoverslag en een filmpje van editie 2012.

Maak op het DRONGO festival kennis met onze partners: allerlei bedrijven en organisaties die actief zijn op het terrein van taal. Onder andere binoq atana, Kentalis, OBA, Code (Lessius Hogeschool), het Confucius Instituut, de Nederlandse Taalunie, de Europese Commissie, Concorde Group, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Foyer, UNESCO, Ouders Online, QRA, Stichting Lezen, Stemmen van Afrika, FORUM, Provincie Fryslān en het Jaar van het Voorlezen. Praat met hen over je vak- en interessegebieden en de toekomst.

Je kunt je ook aanmelden als vrijwilliger. Dit kan voor de dag van het festival zelf, maar ook om te helpen in aanloop naar het festival toe. Goed voor je contacten en je CV! Als vrijwilliger kun je bijvoorbeeld een stand bemannen, de gasten voorzien van informatie, een publieksenqūete houden, zorgen voor de ontvangst of helpen met de op- en afbouw van het festival. Lijkt dit je iets? Meld je dan aan op

Vorig jaar hebben sommige studenten het DRONGO festival bezocht als onderdeel van hun onderwijsprogramma. Bespreek de mogelijkheden met je docent.

Mocht je zelf creatieve ideeėn hebben om bij te dragen aan DRONGO, schroom niet om contact met ons op te nemen!

Kijk voor meer informatie en het voorlopig programma op
Update: Symposium "E-Health voor mensen met communicatieve beperkingen: wetenschap en praktijk", Nijmegen, 3 oktober 2013.
In samenwerking met de Nederlandse Taalunie, de Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen, de Sint Maartenskliniek, de Radboud Universiteit, de Universiteit Antwerpen en de Universiteit Gent, organiseert het Werkverband Amsterdamse Psycholinguļsten (WAP) zijn lustrumsymposium E-Health voor mensen met communicatieve beperkingen: wetenschap en praktijk

Komt allen naar het symposium op donderdag 3 oktober 2013 aan de HAN te Nijmegen. Het is dé gelegenheid om te zien welke betekenis de spraak- en taaltechnologie heeft voor geavanceerde E-Health-toepassingen voor de behandeling en ondersteuning van mensen met een communicatieve beperking: maak kennis met de nieuwste ontwikkelingen, ga de interactie aan en zie je collega’s en docenten in actie!
Meer informatie over het symposium (programma, plaats, tijd, kosten, enz.) is te vinden op

Direct aanmelden? - Dat kan via

Deadline voor inschrijving is 25 september 2013!!!

Voor logopedisten: Aan deelname aan het symposium zijn punten voor het kwaliteitsregister verbonden.

Voor (phd)studenten: Neem deel aan het symposium en maak kennis met E-Health tegen een zeer laag studententarief. Deelname kost maar €10!!!
Workshop on Opacity in Grammar (WOPiG), Leipzig, October 3 2013
We are proud to announce the first Workshop on Opacity in Grammar (WOPiG). The aim of WOPiG is to bring together researchers from phonology, morphology, and syntax in order to address the puzzles posed by opaque interactions of grammatical operations.


invited speakers:
Eric Bakovi? (UCSD)
Paul Kiparsky (Standard)
Howard Lasnik (Maryland)
Geoffrey Pullum (Edinburgh)

09.00-10.00: Paul Kiparsky (Standard): tba
10.00-10.40: Marta Domagala (Vistula University): Harmonic Serialism Schmerialism
11.00-11.40: Bruse Tesar (Rutgers): Output-driven maps in phonology
11.40-12.20: Jeffrey Heinz (Delaware) & William Idsardi (Maryland): Opacity between local and long distance processes in Samala
13.30-14.30: Eric Bakovi? (UCSD): Opacity to Ordering Hammer: not everything is a nail
14.30-15.10: Peter Smith (Connecticut): Bringing order(ing) into chaos: the placement of Udi endoclitics
15.30-16.30: Howard Lasnik (Maryland): On certain bleeding orders
16.30-17.10: Youssef Haddad (Florida) & Susi Wurmbrand (Connecticut): Cyclic Spell-out and agreement options in raising constructions
17.30-18.30: Geoffrey Pullum (Edinburgh): tba
Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop 28 (CGSW28), Leipzig, October 4-5 2013
The Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop (CGSW) is an annual conference on all aspects of comparative Germanic syntax. The main foci of the conference are
- theoretical syntax of Germanic languages
- diachronic change of Germanic languages
- microvariation in Germanic languages
- interfaces between syntax and other components of the grammar
The CGSW has taken place in various countries in Europe and North America. In 2013, the 28th CGSW is held at the University of Leipzig.


invited speakers:
Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge)
Eric Fuß (IDS Mannheim)
Kyle Johnson (UMass)

October 4:
09.00-10.00: Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge): tba
10.00-10.40: Federica Cognola (Trento): Wh-long extraction in Mocheno and the derivation of OV word order in West Germanic
11.00-11.40: Thomas McFadden (Tromsų): Resultativity and the development of Germanic preverbal ge- from Old to Middle English
11.40-12.20: Ida Larsson (Stockholm) & Peter Svenonius (Tromsų): Phases and Categories in Passive and Perfect Participles
14.00-14.40: Karen de Clercq (Ghent): The upward path of negation
14.40-15.20: Ulrike Steindl (USC): Corrective coordination with but across languages
15.40-16.20: Florian Schäfer (Stuttgart): Reconciling Burzio's Generalization with unexpected accusatives:
from German to Icelandic
16.20-17.20: Eric Fuß (IDS Mannheim): tba

October 5:
09:00-10.00: Kyle Johnson (UMass): The empty category principle and linearization
10.00-10.40: Julia Bacskai-Atkari (Potsdam): Comparative deletion in Germanic
11.00-11.40: Marcel Pitteroff (Stuttgart): The expletive puzzle - impersonal (let-)middles
11.40-12.20: Silke Fischer (Stuttgart): Object extraposition in Germanic - a challenge for control theory
14.00-14.40: Marjo van Koppen (Utrecht) & Marijke De Belder (HU Brussels): Looking into ANN-compounds: idiolectal variation
14.40-15.20: Dorian Roehrs (North Texas) & Erik Schoorlemmer (Leiden): Agreement in the DP: Dutch vs. Norwegian
15.40-16.20: Sandhya Sundaresan (Leipzig): Perspectival binding: a Dravidian perspective into Germanic
16.20-17.00: Artemis Alexiadou, Florian Schäfer & Giorgos Spathas (Stuttgart): Delimiting voice in Germanic: on object drop and naturally reflexive verbs

Marijke De Belder (HU Brussels) & Gunlög Josefsson (Lund): The Germanic complex coumpound's marker
Update workshop on tense, aspect, mood & modality (TAM), University of Amsterdam, ACLCL, October 18-19 2013
The Grammaticalization of Tense, Aspect, Mood and Modality from a Functional Perspective

This workshop will be held at the University of Amsterdam on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October 2013. Details will be released closer to the date of the workshop.

Programme committee
Kees Hengeveld (University of Amsterdam)
Heiko Narrog (Tohoku University Sendai, Japan)
Hella Olbertz (University of Amsterdam)

More info:
Donders Discussions 2013: a two-day conference on (cognitive) neuroscience, Nijmegen, October 31 -November 1 2013
We are pleased to announce the Donders Discussions 2013: a two-day conference for PhD students in all fields of (cognitive) neuroscience which will take place on October 31st and November 1st in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

The aim of the Donders Discussions is to bring PhD students together in an informal, interdisciplinary atmosphere. Last year we welcomed over 150 participants from all over Europe. We invite you to join us and make this year's edition an even bigger success!

Our exciting program features brains of many kinds, including baby brains, sleeping, stressed and disordered brains, linguistic, attentive and aging brains, and of course investigated brains (where we review methodological innovations). We also offer interactive workshops on science communication and career management.

For more information and registration please visit
LIBC Publiekssymposium 'STRESS in het BREIN, van baby tot bejaarde', Leiden, 1 November 2013
Op 1 november 2013

De volgende vragen worden beantwoord:

• Wat is de invloed van stress op de ontwikkeling van baby's en kinderen?
• Hoe reageren de hersenen op het meemaken van traumatische ervaringen?
• Wat is het effect van stress op de ouders in gezinnen?
• Wat doet stress met pubers?
• Hoe zit het met stress op de werkvloer?
• Kun je ziek worden van gepieker over je werk?
• Kun je piekeren over je werk stoppen?
• Hoe veerkrachtig is ons brein? Is er reden tot optimisme?
• Wat gebeurt er in ons brein als we ouder worden?
• Heeft een ‘ouder’ brein ook voordelen?

Inschrijven en meer informatie:
12th Mexican Intern. Conf. on ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (MICAI-2013), Mexico City, November 24-30 2013
MICAI-2013 with NLP track

12th Mexican Intern. Conf. on ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, NLP track

November 24 to 30, 2013
Publication: Springer LNAI
Submission: July 25


Topics: track: all NLP areas, conf: all areas of Artificial Intelligence.

Workshops. Tutorials. Doctoral Consortium. Best papers awards.

Keynotes: NLP and Cognitive Science-related talks by:

- Erik Cambria, NUS: "SenticNet: Helping Machines to Learn, Leverage, Love"

- Maria Vargas-Vera: "Multi-Agent Ontology Mapping for the Semantic Web"

- Newton Howard, MIT, USA: Topic to be announced in cognitive science.

- Amir Hussain, U. of Stirling, UK: "Towards Multi-modal Cognitive Systems"

- Ildar Batyrshin, IMP, Mexico: "Time Series Shape Association Measures"


Springer LNAI; special issues of journals including ISI JCR.

Poster session: IEEE CPS (anticipated).

Workshops: see the respective calls for papers.


Venue: Mexico City.
Cultural program and tours:
Pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, world's largest anthropology museum.


Submit your workshop or tutorial proposal, see the calls on the webpage.
Conference “Voices from the Indigenous Siberia, with an Emphasis on Yukaghir”, University of Amsterdam (ACLC), December 13 2013
On Friday 13 December 2013, on the occasion of the end of the research project “Tundra Yukaghir”, the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication of the University of Amsterdam (ACLC) will hold a one-day International Conference

“Voices from the Indigenous Siberia, with an Emphasis on Yukaghir”

chair: Kees Hengeveld, director of the Tundra Yukaghir Project

0915-0945 coffee/tea
0945 Opening by Cecilia Odé
1000 Keynote lecture by Bernard Comrie (MPI Leipzig): Is Siberia a linguistic area?
1100 coffee/tea
1130 Tjeerd de Graaf (Fryske Akademy): Endangered Languages and
Traditional Knowledge in Siberia and the Russian Far East
1200 Irina Nikolaeva (SOAS, University of London) and Dejan Mati? (MPI Nijmegen) Embedded Questions in Yukaghir
1230 Samona Kurilova (Institute of Humanities, Problems of Minority Peoples of the North, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yakutsk) Pronouns in Kolyma Yukaghir and the Influence of Russian
1300-1400 lunch
1400 Eugenie Stapert (Leiden University) On Dolgan
1430 Mark Schmalz (Amsterdam University) Curious Phenomena in Tundra
1500 Cecilia Odé (Amsterdam University) Tundra Yukaghir Intonation
1530 coffee/tea
1600 Tatiana Ignatieva (Arctic State Institute of Arts and Culture, Yakutsk) and
Cecilia Odé Traditional Tundra Yukaghir singing
1630 Audovisual presentation The Tundra Yukaghir People, Their Culture and Their Environment
1700 Walk (10 min.) from the VOC-room to the main building of Amsterdam
University, Maagdenhuis
1715-1800 Reception for all participants in the Maagdenhuis and visit to an exhibition of photo’s by Cecilia Odé
1900 Dinner (restaurant t.b.a.) for speakers and invited guests

Venue: VOC Room, Oost Indisch Huis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam
Reception: Maagdenhuis, Spui 21, Amsterdam
Exhibition: Maagdenhuis, Spui 21, Amsterdam

For all information please contact Cecilia Odé at c.ode(removeme)
10th International Workshop on the Implementation of Logics (IWIL), Stellenbosch, South Africa, December 14th 2013

The 10th International Workshop on the Implementation of Logics will be held on December 14th, 2013, colocated with the 19th International Conference on Logic for Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Reasoning in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

We are looking for contributions describing implementation techniques for and implementations of automated reasoning programs, theorem provers for various logics, logic programming systems, and related technologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

+ Propositional logic and decision procedures, including SMT
+ First-order and higher order logics
+ Non-classical logics, including modal, temporal, description, and
non-monotonic logics
+ Formal foundations for efficient implementation of logics
+ Data structures and algorithms for the efficient representation and
processing of logical concepts
+ Proof/model search organization and heuristics for logical reasoning
+ Data analysis and machine learning approaches to search control
+ Techniques for proof/model search visualization and analysis
+ Practical constraint handling
+ Reasoning with ontologies and other large theories
+ Implementation of efficient theorem provers and model finders for
different logics
+ System descriptions of logical reasoning systems
+ Issues of reliability, witness generation, and witness verification
+ Evaluation and benchmarking of provers and other logic-based systems
+ I/O standards and communication between reasoning systems

We are particularly interested in contributions that help the community to understand how to build useful and powerful reasoning systems, and how to apply them in practice.

Researchers interested in participating are invited to submit a position statement (2 pages), a short paper (up to 5 pages), or a full papers (up to 15 pages). Submissions should be made via EasyChair at

Submissions will be refereed by the program committee, which will select a balanced program of high-quality contributions.

Submissions should be in standard-conforming PDF. Final versions will be required to be submitted in LaTeX using the easychair.cls class file. Proceedings will be published as EasyChair Proceedings.

If number and quality of the submissions warrant it, we plan to produce a special issue of a recognized journal on the topic of the workshop.

Important Dates:

Submission of papers/abstracts: October 14th, 2013
Notification of acceptance: November 11th, 2013
Camera ready versions due: December 2nd, 2013
Workshop: December 14th, 2013

Program committee:

Stephan Schulz (Co-Chair) TU MĆ¼nchen
Geoff Sutcliffe (Co-Chair) University of Miami
Boris Konev (Co-Chair) University of Liverpool
Leonardo de Moura Microsoft Research
Peter Baumgartner NICTA/Australian National University
Uwe Waldmann MPI fĆ¼r Informatik
Guillaume Burel ENSIIE/Cedric
Andrew Reynolds University of Iowa
Tommi Junttila Aalto University
Konstantin Korovin The University of Manchester
Graham Steel INRIA
GLOW 37 Conference, CRISSP, Brussels, April 2-11 2014
The 37th meeting of GLOW will take place in Brussels (Belgium) from April 2 until April 11, 2014. It will consist of three events: the main colloquium, two workshops, and a Spring School. GLOW 37 will be hosted by CRISSP, a research center of KU Leuven HUBrussel.

For more information, visit the GLOW 37 webpage:
or view the conference folder online:
Conference: Mobility, variability and changing literacies in Modern times, Utrecht University, June 11- 14 2014
THE SIXTH FEDERATED LOGIC CONFERENCE (FLoC 2014), Vienna, Austria, July 9-24 2014
The Sixth Federated Logic Conference (FLoC 2014) will be part of the Vienna Summer of Logic (VSL), the largest logic event in history, with over 2000 expected participants. FLoC 2014 will host eight conferences and many (up to 64 or more) workshops. Each workshop will be affiliated with at least one of the eight conferences.

26th International Conference on Computer Aided Verification (CAV) Workshop Chair: Martina Seidl

27th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium (CSF) Workshop Chair: Luca Vigano

30th International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP) Workshop Chair: Haifeng Guo

7th International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning (IJCAR) Workshop Chair: Matthias Horbach

5th Conference on Interactive Theorem Proving (ITP) Workshop Chair: David Pichardie

Joint meeting of the 23rd EACSL Annual Conference on Computer Science Logic (CSL) and the 29th ACM/IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science
(LICS) Workshop Chair: Georg Moser

25th International Conference on Rewriting Techniques and Applications
(RTA) joined with the 12th International Conference on Typed Lambda Calculi and Applications (TLCA) Workshop Chair: Aleksy Schubert

17th International Conference on Theory and Applications of Satisfiability Testing (SAT) Workshop Chair: Ines Lynce

Pre-FLoC workshops: Saturday & Sunday, July 12-13
Mid-FLoC workshops: Thursday & Friday, July 17-18
Post-FLoC workshops: Wednesday & Thursday, July 23-24


Questions regarding workshop proposals should be sent to the workshop chairs of conferences that are supposed to host the workshop (see above). General questions should be sent to floc14cfw(removeme) Please consult the FLoC 2014 Workshop Guide:

Stefan Szeider
Vienna University of Technology
17th World Congress of the International Applied Linguistics Association, Brisbane, Australia, August 10-15 2014
Please visit the website and register ‘Your Expression of Interest’ to be kept informed of the details of this upcoming congress.
Job Announcements / Vacancies
Voltijds ambt in het zelfstandig academisch personeel in het domein van de Nederlandse Taalkunde (diachronie en variatie), faculteit Letteren, KU Leuven. Deadline: 30 september 2013
Aan de faculteit Letteren van de KU Leuven is een voltijds ambt in het zelfstandig academisch personeel vacant in het domein van de Nederlandse Taalkunde (diachronie en variatie).

18 2005 Nederlandse Taalkunde: diachronie en variatie

Het behoort tot de opdracht van de aangestelde kandidaat om hoogstaand onderzoek uit te voeren op het domein van de taalverandering en variatie van het Nederlands, toekomstige onderzoeksprogramma's en onderzoeksaanvragen te ontwikkelen en nationale en internationale samenwerkingsverbanden verder uit te bouwen.

De opdracht van de kandidaat omvat het uitwerken en verzorgen van onderwijs in de opleiding Taal- en Letterkunde (Bachelor en Master) en in de Master Taalkunde. De onderwijsopdracht omvat een geheel van colleges waartoe in elk geval behoren:

Nederlandse Taalkunde 2 (2Ba Leuven)

Nederlandse Taalkunde 2 (2Ba Kortrijk)

Nederlandse Taalkunde 3: diachroon-theoretisch (3Ba)

Nederlandse taalkunde: verandering en variatie (Ma T&L)

Diachrone Taalkunde (Ma TK)

Het onderwijs moet aan de eisen beantwoorden die aan academische opleidingen worden gesteld wat niveau, oriėntatie en academisch gehalte betreft. Het onderwijs moet bij het onderwijsconcept van de KU Leuven aansluiten. Engagement voor de kwaliteit van de opleiding als geheel wordt als vanzelfsprekend beschouwd.

De kandidaat moet bereid zijn dienstverlenende taken op zich nemen op het terrein van de vacature (coördinatie, organisatie). Van de kandidaten wordt verder verwacht dat zij actief beschikbaar zijn voor algemene dienstverlening en participatie in bestuurstaken, binnen en buiten de universiteit.

De kandidaten moeten houder te zijn van een diploma van doctor in de Taalkunde (of gelijkwaardig) met een aantoonbare expertise op het onderzoeks- en onderwijsgebied van de vacature. Er wordt verwacht dat zij voortreffelijk onderwijs kunnen geven, goed kunnen samenwerken met andere collega's en jongere onderzoekers en een uitstekend onderzoekdossier kunnen voorleggen dat getuigt van internationale profilering.

Een uitstekende kennis van het Engels is een vereiste.

De kandidaten wordt gevraagd bij hun sollicitatie een uitgewerkt onderzoeksvoorstel voor de komende jaren (minimum 2 pagina's) en een visietekst over het onderwijs (maximum 2 pagina's) toe te voegen in het Nederlands.

Afhankelijk van de kwalificaties van de kandidaat gebeurt de benoeming in een van de graden van het zelfstandig academisch personeel.

Meer informatie is te verkrijgen bij prof. dr. Kurt Feyaerts, tel.: +3216324805, mail: kurt.feyaerts(removeme) of prof. dr. Luk Draye, tel.: +3216325000, mail: luk.draye(removeme)

Indien u problemen ondervindt bij het elektronisch solliciteren, kan u mailen naar solliciteren(removeme)
Solliciteren voor deze vacature kan tot en met 30/09/2013.
Voltijds ambt in het zelfstandig academisch personeel in het domein van de Synchrone Nederlandse Taalkunde, faculteit Letteren, KU Leuven. Deadline: 30 september 2013
Aan de faculteit Letteren van de KU Leuven is een voltijds ambt in het zelfstandig academisch personeel vacant in het domein van de Nederlandse Taalkunde (diachronie en variatie).

18 2005 Nederlandse Taalkunde: diachronie en variatie

Het behoort tot de opdracht van de aangestelde kandidaat om hoogstaand onderzoek uit te voeren op het domein van de taalverandering en variatie van het Nederlands, toekomstige onderzoeksprogramma's en onderzoeksaanvragen te ontwikkelen en nationale en internationale samenwerkingsverbanden verder uit te bouwen.

De opdracht van de kandidaat omvat het uitwerken en verzorgen van onderwijs in de opleiding Taal- en Letterkunde (Bachelor en Master) en in de Master Taalkunde. De onderwijsopdracht omvat een geheel van colleges waartoe in elk geval behoren:

Nederlandse Taalkunde 2 (2Ba Leuven)

Nederlandse Taalkunde 2 (2Ba Kortrijk)

Nederlandse Taalkunde 3: diachroon-theoretisch (3Ba)

Nederlandse taalkunde: verandering en variatie (Ma T&L)

Diachrone Taalkunde (Ma TK)

Het onderwijs moet aan de eisen beantwoorden die aan academische opleidingen worden gesteld wat niveau, oriėntatie en academisch gehalte betreft. Het onderwijs moet bij het onderwijsconcept van de KU Leuven aansluiten. Engagement voor de kwaliteit van de opleiding als geheel wordt als vanzelfsprekend beschouwd.

De kandidaat moet bereid zijn dienstverlenende taken op zich nemen op het terrein van de vacature (coördinatie, organisatie). Van de kandidaten wordt verder verwacht dat zij actief beschikbaar zijn voor algemene dienstverlening en participatie in bestuurstaken, binnen en buiten de universiteit.

De kandidaten moeten houder te zijn van een diploma van doctor in de Taalkunde (of gelijkwaardig) met een aantoonbare expertise op het onderzoeks- en onderwijsgebied van de vacature. Er wordt verwacht dat zij voortreffelijk onderwijs kunnen geven, goed kunnen samenwerken met andere collega's en jongere onderzoekers en een uitstekend onderzoekdossier kunnen voorleggen dat getuigt van internationale profilering.

Een uitstekende kennis van het Engels is een vereiste.

De kandidaten wordt gevraagd bij hun sollicitatie een uitgewerkt onderzoeksvoorstel voor de komende jaren (minimum 2 pagina's) en een visietekst over het onderwijs (maximum 2 pagina's) toe te voegen in het Nederlands.

Afhankelijk van de kwalificaties van de kandidaat gebeurt de benoeming in een van de graden van het zelfstandig academisch personeel.

Meer informatie is te verkrijgen bij prof. dr. Kurt Feyaerts, tel.: +3216324805, mail: kurt.feyaerts(removeme) of prof. dr. Luk Draye, tel.: +3216325000, mail: luk.draye(removeme)
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Solliciteren voor deze vacature kan tot en met 30/09/2013.
vacancy for 2 PhD students on VIDI research programme Going Dutch, LUCL Leiden University. Deadline: October first 2013
The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL,, the institute of linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University, is hosting a VIDI research programme entitled “Going Dutch. The Construction of Dutch in Policy, Practice and Discourse, 1750-1850”, funded by the Dutch national research council NWO.

The project will investigate the origins of linguistic nationalism, focusing on the opposition of standard and non-standard Dutch in public and academic discourse on linguistic diversity, on educational policies aimed at the spread of standard Dutch, and on the effects of educational policies on language use.

We are looking for

(4 years, 38 hrs a week)

Research at LUCL
Leiden University has a longstanding tradition in research in the world’s languages and features unique linguistic expertise. LUCL combines current theoretical insights and modern experimental methods in its research profile area “Language Diversity in the World”. For more information, see:

Your profile
The candidate should have:
- A Master or equivalent degree in a relevant field (completion of the MA thesis before the PhD project starts)
- Demonstrable affinity with historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and/or social history
- A curious, enterprising and creative mind and excellent analytical skills, evidence of which should emerge from the MA thesis
- Good writing skills
- A very good and demonstrable command of English
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

The candidate is supposed to carry out the following tasks:
- Conducting original research on one of the following topics

Dutch language-in-education policies (1750-1850) and the implementation of the standard language ideology

The effects of language planning on variation and change in Dutch (1750-1850)

- Writing a PhD thesis
- Submitting research results for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals
- Presenting papers at (international) conferences
- Some teaching in the second and third year of the appointment
- Organizing and participating in reading and discussions groups, seminars, workshops within LUCL.

We offer
The employment will be for a period of four years (first a contract of 18 months with an extension of 30 months after positive evaluation of capabilities and compatibility) and must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. Appointment will be under the terms of the CAO (collective labour agreement) of the Dutch Universities. The gross monthly salary is set on €2,042.- in the first year up to €2,612.- gross per month in year four. An appointment with Leiden University includes a pension build-up and facilitates other benefits such as an annual holiday premium of 8% and an end-of-year premium of 8.3%. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Linguistics ( In addition to thorough research training, our graduate school offers a variety of courses aimed at training of professional and personal skills. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the national research school (LOT).

Applicants are kindly requested to submit the following documents electronically (in Dutch or English):

1. A letter stating your motivation for the position
2. Curriculum vitae
3. References: the names of two persons whom we may contact for further information. One of these should be your MA thesis supervisor
4. Copies of your academic transcripts (or Dutch cijferlijst)
5. Copy of your MA thesis, and any other publication in English that is representative for your research qualities

Please submit these documents in two files:
I – containing documents 1 to 4 (PDF or Word file), using your last name underscore 1 as document name (e.g. BROWN_1.pdf).
II – containing document 5 (PDF or Word file), using your last name underscore 2 as document name (e.g. BROWN_2.pdf).

For further information on these projects please contact Dr. Gijsbert Rutten, g.j.rutten(removeme), or on practical matters Gea Hakker, g.c.hakker(removeme)

Applicants should submit their application (documents as described above) before 1 October 2013. Applications should be sent to vacatureslucl(removeme), clearly indicating the 13-215. The selection procedure will take place in October, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview in November 2013. You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.
PhD vacancy in project CHASING, Radboud University Nijmegen (CLS). Deadline: October first 2013
Vacancy for a PhD in the project CHASING: CHAllenging Speech training In Neurological patients by interactive Gaming

For more (up-to-date) information, see:

* Requirements
+ Degree in Computational or Applied Linguistics, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Informatics, Cognitive Science, or Education
+ Programming skills, e.g. Python, Java, html5, php, javascript, flash, C[++]
+ An interest in e-Health, esp. gaming and speech technology for speech training
+ A good command of the English language. Knowledge of Dutch is considered an advantage.
+ Good communicative abilities
+ Willingness to work in an international, multidisciplinary team

* Job description
As a PhD student you will take part in the research project CHASING:
‘CHAllenging Speech training In Neurological patients through Interactive Gaming’. The goal of this project is to investigate the potentials of e-Health applications for speech training for neurological patients. Current results indicate the need to develop advanced, motivating training devices that provide guidance on articulation improvement and that allow the integrated benefits of intensified, independent speech training. Serious games are known to have strong motivational power. In this research project we aim to investigate to what extent serious games and game principles motivate and support neurological patients in speech training. To this end, an interactive, intuitive, user adaptive game for speech training which employs advanced speech technology and which is compatible with mobile platforms will be developed and tested.

You will first develop dedicated speech technology, esp. ‘automatic speech recognition’ (ASR) technology, and integrate it in the game.
Next, you will carry out experiments with neurological patients, to study the effects of the game and how the game (incl. the speech
technology) can be improved.

You are expected to start in the fall of 2013. It is a full time position for 4 years. You will be part of a dynamic international and interdisciplinary team and will work in an inspiring research environment.

* Contact persons
+ Helmer Strik
+31 24 3616104
+ Lilian Beijer
+31 24 3659718 / 3659140
One post-doc position in ICT on the research project WOLF, Trento, Italy. Deadline: open until filled
"Advanced SMT Techniques for Word-level Formal Verification - (WOLF)"

is available in Trento, Italy, under the joint supervision of
- Alessandro Cimatti, FBK, Trento, and
- Roberto Sebastiani, DISI, University of Trento.

The research activity will be carried out jointly within the Embedded Systems (ES) Research Unit of the Center for Scientific and Technological Research of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento, and the Software Engineering, Formal Methods & Security Research Program, at Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science
(DISI) of University of Trento.

Aim and Scope

The research activity will aim at investigating and developing novel techniques, methodologies and support tools for Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) for the formal verification of systems. This work will be part of the "Advanced SMT Techniques for Word-level Formal Verification - (WOLF)" project, a three-year research project supported by SRC/GRC (, in collaboration with major HW companies.

The ultimate goal of the WOLF project is to provide a comprehensive SMT package to support effective formal verification of systems ranging from RTL circuits all the way up to high-level hardware description languages (e.g. SystemC) and software. The package will be implemented on top of the MathSAT SMT platform (, and provided as an API.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate should have an PhD in computer science or related discipline, and combine solid theoretical background and excellent software development skills (in particular C/C++).

A solid background knowledge and/or previous experience on one of the following topics (in order of preference) is required:
Satisfiability Modulo Theory (SMT), Propositional Satisfiability (SAT), Model Checking, Automated Reasoning.
Previous experience in the following areas will also be considered
favourably: Constraint Solving and Optimization, Embedded Systems Design Languages (e.g. Verilog, VHDL).

The candidate should be able to work in a collaborative environment, with a strong committment to reaching research excellence and achieving assigned objectives.

Early availability will be considered with much favour.

Terms and dates

The position will start as soon as possible, and will have to be renewed yearly, for a maximum of two years. The expected salary will range from about 2200 to 2400 euros net income, and the gross will include previdential (social security) contributions. Facilities for meals at the local canteen can be provided.

Applications and Inquiries

Interested candidates should inquire for further information and/or apply by sending email to wolf-recruit(removeme), with subject 'POSTDOC ON WOLF PROJECT'.

Applications should contain a statement of interest, with a Curriculum Vitae, and the names of reference persons. PDF format is strongly encouraged. It should also indicate an estimated starting date.

Contact Persons

Embedded Systems Research Unit,
via Sommarive 18, I-38123 Povo, Trento, Italy,

Software Engineering, Formal Methods & Security Research Program
DISI, University of Trento,
via Sommarive 14, I-38123 Povo, Trento, Italy
Calls for papers for events
Call for papers for Morphology Meeting 2013 (Morfologiedagen 2013), December 13-14 2013, Fryske Akademy Leeuwarden. Deadline: September 15 2013
Second call for papers Morphology Meeting 2013
in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

Deadline: September 15th, 2013

Date: Friday, December 13th, 2013
(and depending on participation also Saturday, December 14th, 2013)
Fryske Akademy
The Netherlands

After the successful conference in Leiden in September 2012, the next edition of the Morphology Meeting (de Morfologiedagen) will be in Leeuwarden, hosted by the Fryske Akademy, which celebrates its 75th birthday this year.

We would like to receive abstracts (maximally 300 words) about all possible aspects of especially Dutch and Frisian morphology, before September 15th, 2013, by e-mail at the following address: jspoelstra(removeme) Please use the subject: “abstract Morphology Meeting”. The conference languages are English, Dutch and German.

Presentations: 30 min. (incl. 10 min. for discussion)

Organization: Siebren Dyk, Eric Hoekstra, Janneke Spoelstra and Willem Visser (Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)

For more information: ehoekstra(removeme)
Call for poster and symposium abstracts for 13th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Amsterdam, 14 – 18 July 2014. Deadline: September 15 2013
Deadline for poster and symposium abstracts: September 15th , 2013

Please visit the conference website to obtain more information:
Call for papers for ILinC 2013, Belfast, November 2 2013. Deadline: September 20 2013
ILinC 2013 - Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference
‘Evolving perspectives: Innovative approaches to language studies’

Saturday 2nd November 2013
Queen’s University Belfast: Schools of English, Modern Languages and Education

Call for Papers
Queen’s University Belfast is pleased to announce its Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference 2013 (ILinC 2013), a student-led venture co-organised by the Schools of English, Education and Modern Languages. This one-day conference will give researchers studying language in all academic disciplines the opportunity to exchange information about their research practice in the presence of distinguished and esteemed academics in the field of linguistics. In addition, the event aims to bring together researchers from different academic divisions carrying out language studies in order to foster cross-disciplinary contact.
This year’s conference theme is ‘Evolving perspectives: Innovative approaches to language studies’. With this theme, we seek to explore new approaches to language study, such as innovative methodologies, collaborative projects, the development of new models, and research into previously neglected subject areas. The conference will promote internationalisation by bringing researchers from across the globe together and by providing vital networking opportunities.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
• Professor Paul Simpson (Queen’s University Belfast);
• Professor Lesley Jeffries (University of Huddersfield);
• Professor Karen Corrigan (Newcastle University). ?

Possible topics of paper proposals include, but are not limited to:
• Applied linguistics • Multimodality
• Classroom discourse • Phonetics
• Corpus linguistics • Phonology
• Critical discourse analysis • Pragmatics
• Genre analysis • Semantics
• Language change • Sociolinguistics
• Language policy • Syntax
• Language teaching/learning • Stylistics

Please submit your proposal via EasyAbs available at by Friday 20th September, following the guidelines below:
1. Abstracts should be 300 words long (maximum) and clearly present a research question/objective, literature review, methodological approach, results and conclusions (without any subheadings).
2. Abstracts should be sent via the online facility in a DOC format, with a centralised title, in bold, and in capital letters. There is no need to include full references at the end of the abstract. Please avoid footnotes and any unusual symbols (such as phonetic transcription) that might be changed in electronic communication.

Key dates:
• Abstract submission deadline: 20th September
• Notification of reviewers’ decision: 30th September
• Presenters’ registration deadline: 15th October
• Conference: Saturday 2nd November

For updated info about the conference, please visit:
ILinC 2013 website:
Call for abstracts for ELEVENTH OLD WORLD CONFERENCE IN PHONOLOGY (OCP 11), January 22-25 2014 Meertens Institute Amsterdam. Deadline: September 15 2013
Link for abstract submission:

Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL), Meertens Instituut Amsterdam

22-25 JANUARY 2014

Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2013
First call for papers: 29 April 2013
Second call for papers: 15 July 2013
Last call for papers: 1 September 2013
Notification of acceptance: 1 November 2013
Main conference: 23-25 January
Pre-conference workshop: 22 January

Invited speakers:
Adamantios I. Gafos (University of Potsdam)
Silke Hamann (University of Amsterdam)
Alan Prince (Rutgers University)

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) and the Meertens Instituut Amsterdam are proud to announce that the eleventh Old World Conference in Phonology (OCP 11) will take place in Leiden and Amsterdam from 23 to 25 January 2014. It is organised by a group of local phonologists and follows in the line of previous OCP conferences, which have been held in Leiden, Tromsų, Budapest, Rhodes, Toulouse, Edinburgh, Nice, Marrakech, Berlin, and Istanbul. Abstracts for presentation as either talks or poster papers can be submitted on any phonological issue (theoretical or empirical).

The conference will be preceded by a workshop on the relationship between phonetics and phonology on 22 January. Everyone attending the conference is very welcome to attend the workshop, too.

For the main conference, we invite abstracts either for an oral presentation of 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes of discussion) or for poster presentation.

For the workshop, we invite submission of abstracts for an oral presentation of 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes of discussion).

Abstracts must be anonymous and no longer than two pages, including examples and references. Submissions are restricted to one single-authored and one co-authored abstract. The conference language is English: abstracts and talks will be in English.
Page format: A4, 2,54 cm (one inch) margins on all sides, 12-point font, single line spacing.
File format: .pdf.
File name:
For submissions for the main conference: [title-main.pdf]
For submissions for the workshop: [title-workshop.pdf]


During the last years a special attention has been devoted to the relationship between phonetics and phonology. However, most of the questions dealing with the role of phonetics in formal models of phonology are still unanswered. As a matter of illustration, some of these questions are the following: are phonological features grounded in phonetics, or are they substance-free? If features are grounded in phonetics, are they based on articulation or acoustics? Is the mapping between the phonological output and phonetics a direct or an indirect one? Should functional explanations of phonological patterns be included in formal phonology, or are synchronic phonological patterns just phonetically arbitrary, meaning that those explanations do not belong to grammar but to other theories such as sound change? How is metrical structure reflected in phonetics? (How) should phonetic variation in the speech signal be captured in phonological theory?

Local organizers:
Chair: Björn Köhnlein
Bert Botma
Ben Hermans
Frans Hinskens
Peter Jurgec
Claartje Levelt
Kathrin Linke
Etske Ooijevaar
Marc van Oostendorp
Marijn van 't Veer
Secretary: Francesc Torres-Tamarit
Call for abstracts for Conference 'the Donders Discussions 2013', Nijmegen, October 31- November first 2013. Deadline: September 16 2013
We warmly invite all participants to submit a poster abstract. The deadline is September 16, but registration may close earlier if the maximum number of participants has been reached. The registration fee is €45.
For more info on the event, see below Workshops / Conferences / Symposia above.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail us on discussions2013(removeme) For the latest updates and special offers, join us on facebook ( or twitter (discussions2013).

We look forward to seeing you in Nijmegen!

The Donders Discussions committee 2013
Call for papers for miniconference on metrical structure, acquisition and processing, Utrecht University, UIL OTS, April 15-17 2014. Deadline: September 30 2013

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2013
Conference date: 15-Apr-2014 - 17-Apr-2014
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact Person: Tom Lentz
Meeting Email: t.o.lentz(removeme)
Web Site:

The Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS will host a mini-conference on metrical structure, its acquisition, and its use in language processing.
The conference aims to give an overview of experimental and theoretical work on knowledge of metrical structure, with emphasis on its acquisition and its role in language processing. The results of a five-year research project on the use of metrical cues in speech segmentation will be presented, as well as seminal work in the field.

We welcome submissions for talks and posters about experimental and theoretical work in the field. We invite both oral presentations (30
minutes) and posters. Please submit an abstract of a single page (font size not smaller than 10) before October first 2013. An additional page may be used for references and figures. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the organisers.

Submit abstracts here:
Call for papers for ICEHL-18, KU Leuven Belgium, 14-18 July 2014. Deadline: September 30 2013
18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL-18)

Welcome to the 18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics. ICEHL-18 will take place at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, 14-18 July 2014 (academic programme 14-17 July).

Plenary speakers
• Charles Boberg (McGill University) (
• Robert Fulk (Indiana University, Bloomington) (
• Peter Grund (University of Kansas) (
• Maria Jose Lopez-Couso (University of Santiago de Compostela) (
• Marit Westergaard (University of Tromso) (

Conference website:

Conference email: icehl18(removeme)

Presentation formats: Full papers will be allowed 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion. Posters will be presented in a special session and remain on display during the conference.

Submission of abstracts
Abstracts for General Session papers and posters can be submitted from 1 May to 30 November 2013 through the EasyAbs abstract submission facility

Abstracts for workshop papers need to be sent to the workshop convenor by 30 September; after acceptance of the workshop, abstracts need to be submitted through by 30 November 2013. Notifications of acceptance of all abstracts will be sent out by 15 February 2014.

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words (exclusive of references) and should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. Abstracts should also list up to five keywords.

Abstracts will not be edited for typing, spelling, or grammatical errors after submission. Therefore, abstracts should comply with the following layout requirements:
- Abstracts must be single-spaced and fully justified. The standard font will be Calibri, size 11. The margins will be 2,54 top/bottom and 1,91 left/right (Moderate in MS Word).
- References will have a hanging indent of 1,27 cm.
- Submit the abstract as a .doc, .docx or .odt document. If it contains special characters, please send a PDF version to icehl18(removeme)

A total of four workshops can be scheduled (one per day).
Proposals for workshops are invited by 30 September 2013. The address for submission is icehl18(removeme)

Notification of acceptance/rejection will be given by 30 October 2013. After a workshop proposal has been accepted, the convenors will be requested to invite their participants to submit their abstracts through the abstract submission facility EasyAbs
by 30 November 2013. These abstracts will be evaluated individually by the Scientific Committee and the convenors.

Workshop proposals should contain:
a 1000-word description of the topic (including the research questions to be addressed) and a (provisional) list of workshop participants and 400-word abstracts of their papers.

We encourage workshop convenors to distribute an open call for papers on the LinguistList (announce your Call for Papers as a session of ICEHL18) and other fora.

Since we want conference participants to be able to attend individual workshop presentations, ICEHL18 workshops have to be compatible with the main conference schedule. This means that the format of the workshops must be organized around 30 minute presentations (20 min. + 10 min. discussion). Workshops ideally contain 8 to 10 slots and comprise:
an introductory paper by the convenor(s) or by a key-note speaker, which summarizes previous research, specifies the approach(es) to be taken and sets the scope of the papers to be presented.
6 to eight papers a slot for final discussion on the topics covered by the papers, methodological issues and questions for future research.

Further details can be discussed with the ICEHL18 organizing committee.

Multiple papers
One person may submit a single-authored abstract, a single-authored abstract and a co-authored one (not as first author) or two co-authored abstracts (only one as first author). Note that keynote papers within workshops count as ordinary papers. Presentations will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes question time.

Workshop proposals contain the names of convenors and participants and will be evaluated and ranked by members of the Scientific Committee.

Abstracts submitted to the general session and to the poster session will be evaluated by two members of the Scientific Committee. Workshop papers receive two evaluations by Scientifc Committee members and one by the workshop convenors.

Travel and accommodation
Information to follow. Please check the conference website for updates.

Registration for the conference opens on February 15, 2014.

Local organizing committee
Hubert Cuyckens
Hendrik De Smet
Liesbet Heyvaert
Peter Petré
Lauren Fonteyn
Nikki van de Pol
Call for abstracts for LATA 2014, Madrid, Spain, March 10-14 2014. Deadline: October 14 2013

Organized by:

Research Group on Implementation of Language-Driven Software and Applications (ILSA) Complutense University of Madrid

Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University


LATA is a yearly conference on theoretical computer science and its applications. Following the tradition of the diverse PhD training events in the field developed at Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona since 2002, LATA 2014 will reserve significant room for young scholars at the beginning of their career. It will aim at attracting contributions from both classical theory fields and application areas (bioinformatics, language technology, artificial intelligence, etc.).


LATA 2014 will take place in Madrid, the capital of Spain. The venue will be the School of Informatics of Complutense University.


Topics of either theoretical or applied interest include, but are not limited to:

algebraic language theory
algorithms for semi-structured data mining algorithms on automata and words automata and logic automata for system analysis and programme verification automata, concurrency and Petri nets automatic structures cellular automata codes combinatorics on words compilers computability computational complexity data and image compression decidability issues on words and languages descriptional complexity DNA and other models of bio-inspired computing digital libraries and document engineering foundations of finite state technology foundations of XML fuzzy and rough languages grammars (Chomsky hierarchy, contextual, unification, categorial, etc.) grammatical inference and algorithmic learning graphs and graph transformation language varieties and semigroups language-based cryptography language-theoretic foundations of artificial intelligence and artificial life natural language and speech automatic processing parallel and regulated rewriting parsing patterns power series quantum, chemical and optical computing semantics string and combinatorial issues in computational biology and bioinformatics string processing algorithms symbolic dynamics symbolic neural networks term rewriting transducers trees, tree languages and tree automata weighted automata


LATA 2014 will consist of:

invited talks
invited tutorials
peer-reviewed contributions


to be announced


Adrian Horia Dediu (Tarragona)
Ana Fernįndez-Pampillón (Madrid)
Carlos Martķn-Vide (Tarragona, co-chair) Antonio Sarasa (Madrid) José-Luis Sierra (Madrid, co-chair) Bianca Truthe (Magdeburg) Florentina Lilica Voicu (Tarragona)


Authors are invited to submit non-anonymized papers in English presenting original and unpublished research. Papers should not exceed 12 single-spaced pages (including eventual appendices) and should be formatted according to the standard format for Springer Verlag's LNCS series (see

Submissions have to be uploaded to:


A volume of proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series will be available by the time of the conference.

A special issue of a major journal will be later published containing peer-reviewed extended versions of some of the papers contributed to the conference. Submissions to it will be by invitation.


The period for registration is open from July 15, 2013 to March 10, 2014.
The registration form can be found at:


Paper submission: October 14, 2013 (23:59 CET) Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: November 25, 2013 Final version of the paper for the LNCS proceedings: December 2, 2013 Early registration: December 9, 2013 Late registration: February 24, 2014 Starting of the conference: March 10, 2014 End of the conference: March 14, 2014 Submission to the post-conference journal special issue: June 14, 2014




LATA 2014
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics (GRLMC) Rovira i Virgili University Av. Catalunya, 35
43002 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34-977-559543
Fax: +34-977-558386


Departament d’Economia i Coneixement, Generalitat de Catalunya Universidad Complutense de Madrid Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Call for Papers for Workshop Empirical Evidence for Evidentiality (EEE), Radboud University Nijmegen, Jnauary 9-10 2014. Deadline: October 15 2013
Organisers: Ad Foolen, Helen de Hoop, Vera van Mulken, Thijs Trompenaars

Evidentiality is concerned with speakers’ source of information that they mark as evidence for their claims about the actual world. Evidentiality can be expressed in lexically and grammatically various ways. Languages can mark different types of evidentiality, such as inferential evidentiality, related to epistemic modality, and sensory evidentiality, based on perception. Other important types of evidentiality that are particularly important in the context of narration, are reportative and quotative evidentiality. Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in the linguistic field of evidentiality.
Topics to be addressed during this two-day workshop are the various types of evidentiality markers found in the languages of the world, degrees of their grammaticalization, the relation between evidentiality and epistemic modality, and between evidentiality and perception. We welcome abstracts for 30-minute talks on evidentiality, including 10 minutes discussion. In particular, we would like to receive papers that provide empirical evidence for evidentiality such as corpus data or experimental data. Hopefully, the workshop will open up new directions for fruitful research and future cooperation within this exciting field.

This is a low-budget workshop, so there is no possibility for reimbursement of your travel and accommodation costs. The workshop itself however is free of charge and lunch and dinner will be taken care of for all workshop participants.

The workshop is organized by the Nijmegen research group Grammar and Cognition (

Abstracts should not exceed one page and can be sent electronically as pdf-files or Word documents to the following address: t.trompenaars(removeme) . Please include your name, affiliation, and contact information in the email message to which the abstract is attached. The abstract itself should be anonymous.

Notification of acceptance: November 1st 2013.
Call for abstracts for CLIN 2014, INL & TST-Centrale, Leiden, January 17 2014. Deadline: November 15 2013
The 24th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in The Netherlands (CLIN 2014) will be organised by the Institute for Dutch Lexicology (INL) and the Dutch-Flemish HLT Agency (TST-Centrale). CLIN 2014 will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands on January 17th, 2014.

Call for abstracts
Abstract submission information
Researchers are invited to submit, in English, abstracts describing work on all aspects of computational linguistics and related language and speech technologies and applications. In addition to the regular scientific tracks, CLIN 2014 aims to have two special tracks:
• a lexicography track with presentations on the computational support of dictionary making, e.g. word sense disambiguation, distributional semantics, (web) data mining and semantic role labelling.
• an industry track with scientific presentations on topics such as R&D challenges in industry, collaborations between industry and academia, and experiences with "real-world" applications.
Submissions should include:
• Author(s) names, affiliation and contact details
• Presentation title
• An abstract of 250 words maximum, outlining their presentation
• Presentation type preference (oral presentation or poster)
• Submission for industry or lexicology track, or none.
Presentation abstracts should be submitted electronically, no later than Friday, 15 November 2013 via the submission website at

STIL Thesis Prize
Since CLIN 20, a special annual thesis prize, sponsored by STIL, is awarded to the best MA-thesis in computational linguistics. STIL is the Stichting Toepassing Inductieve Leertechnieken.
MA theses submitted to and evaluated at a university or organization of higher education in the Netherlands or Flanders are eligible for the prize. The thesis should address a topic in computational linguistics or its applications, and may be written in Dutch or English.

For more information, visit the CLIN 24 website or contact clin24(removeme)
Bookpresentation 'Casebook in Functional Discourse Grammar', Amsterdam, John Benjamins Publishing Company
Casebook in Functional Discourse Grammar / Ed. by J. Lachlan Mackenzie & Hella Olbertz. Amsterdam: Benjamins (Studies in Language Companion Series, 137).

Expected publication: September 2013.

This book provides ten case studies in Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG), a typologically-oriented theory of the organization of natural languages that has risen to prominence in recent years. The Casebook has been conceived as a homage to Kees Hengeveld, the intellectual father of the theory, who is also one of the authors. In his contribution he shows how FDG offers a radically new approach to constituent ordering. Other themes covered are evidentiality, modality, adpositions, verb morphology, possession, raising, sequence of tenses, semi-fixed constructions and prelinguistic conceptualization. The volume contains an introduction that explains the rudiments of FDG and summarizes the ten remaining chapters. The Casebook moves on from Hengeveld & Mackenzie’s (2008) Functional Discourse Grammar to show how the theory is applied to linguistic problems new and old. The languages treated are Blackfoot, Dutch, English, Spanish, Welsh, indigenous languages of Brazil, and many others.

The presentation will start with a brief introduction by the editors and continue with a number of presentations by the authors of individual chapters, which will each last about 10 minutes and be followed by 5 minutes discussion.

A more detailed programme will be posted soon.
English in Wales / GB, The Language Learning Centre Glynd?r University
Lecturers at the Language Centre/Glyndwr University in Wales have designed an exciting programme package, suitable for students from a wide range of academic areas. Please take a minute to familiarise yourself with our courses, from general English language courses to MA and CPD programmes. Our University with its well equipped Language and Resource Centres is located centrally in Wales; close to the Snowdonia National Park, the beautiful Welsh countryside and beaches; and at the same time close to larger English cities such as Chester, Liverpool and Manchester.

Our English Language Summer School is growing from year to year, and we would be grateful if you could please spread the attached information about our English Language Summer School 2013 amongst your interested students. In July and August our campus is extremely international and busy. We hope that your students, too, would like the idea of experiencing Wales and enjoying the benefits of an English language programme in a bi-lingual environment. Further information and automated enrolment procedures are available at our summer school website

Our newly created MA in Advanced ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) may be of interest to your past or future English language or literature students.

It is also important to note that we can arrange tailor-made short programmes for particular (student or staff) groups, or indeed individuals (1:1 tuition) at any time of the year. Our CPD (continuous professional development) programme for English teachers may be of interest to your staff if they wish to upgrade their English language skills.

Likewise the English-in-Wales 1-semester-stay at an English speaking University may be attractive to your students of English - and our courses attract 30 ECTS/semester.

More of the growing spectrum of our programmes can be viewed from our website (currently being updated):
Indienen van aanvragen voor onderzoekssamenwerking met China: China Exchange Programme (CEP) van de KNAW. Deadline: 15 september 2013
Werkt u samen met onderzoekers in China of zou u dat willen? Dan is het China Exchange Programme (CEP) van de KNAW wellicht interessant voor u. Het CEP is een laagdrempelig stimuleringsprogramma voor wetenschappelijke samenwerking op alle wetenschapsgebieden tussen Nederland en China. Het programma bevordert mobiliteit van onderzoekers en maakt het opzetten van nieuwe samenwerkingsverbanden mogelijk.

Het CEP kan het opstapje zijn om langdurige samenwerking op te zetten met China. Velen gingen u reeds voor: het programma dat is gefinancierd door het ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, bestaat inmiddels meer dan dertig jaar.
Binnen het CEP kunnen twee typen subsidie aangevraagd worden:
• Individuele bezoeken China-Nederland v.v.
Deze subsidie is bedoeld voor senior wetenschappers met de intentie om nieuwe langdurige samenwerking op te zetten
• Gezamenlijke onderzoeksprojecten
Deze subsidie is bedoeld voor gezamenlijke onderzoeksprojecten van een Nederlandse en een Chinese onderzoeksgroep van een universiteit of wetenschappelijk instituut
Op dit moment kunnen er aanvragen worden ingediend voor gezamenlijke onderzoeksprojecten. De deadline voor het indienen van deze aanvragen is 15 september 2013. Aanvragen voor individuele bezoeken kunnen gedurende het hele jaar worden ingediend.
Meer informatie over het programma, de richtlijnen en aanvraagformulieren vindt u op de website van de KNAW.

Met vriendelijke groeten,
Marianne van Driel
Programmamanager CEP

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